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Smartphones in the US Enterprise

Mobile Enterprise Application Platform Summary

Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms (MEAPs) are a relatively new and

unknown tool awareness we

among enterprises. This encountered among both IT

is evidenced professionals

by

the lack of

and

developers.

The MEAP phenomenal

company representatives we spoke with growth opportunity and strong interest among

described enterprises

aspiring to develop mobile applications.

IT mangers we

expressed

equal

parts

intrigue

and

frustration

about

the

interviewed fast moving

mobile computing technology and corresponding expectations

among the

mobile workers they support.

From all appearances, MEAPs are poised to

resolve a host of pent-up problems.

Interviewees with a range of backgrounds and vested interests concur on several major points:

There is a universal need for rapid development of mobile enterprise applications. Affordability cannot be confined to the largest enterprise budgets. One developer quoted an average of $80K for developing a mobile application on one platform. The reality of multiple MOSs require a “develop once, deploy to all” model. This is an ambitious request given the granular variations in operating systems. Similarly, organizations want tools that support browser, hybrid and native application types. MEAP solutions cannot be myopic; the development process must not

proliferate back-end vendors must think

management issues. beyond application

This implies creation and

application management efficiencies into their development

that MEAP incorporate stack.

RESEARCH COMPONENTS

Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms

  • 1.

    Antenna AMP

  • 2.

    AT&T MEAP & WorkBench

  • 3.

    Latigo Mobile

  • 4.

    Oracle ADF Mobile

  • 5.

    Pyxis Mobile Application Studio

  • 6.

    Sky Technologies SkyMobile

  • 7.

    Sybase Unwired Platform

  • 8.

    Toa Technologies MEAP

  • 9.

    Apple MEAP & RIM MEAP

FIGURES MEAP Profiles by Platform and OS Support of Native Applications

MEAP Capabilities Comparison, Native Applications

We present the specific operating support, features and functionality of each of the 10 vendors. Additional historical and technological context are provided to expose each vendor’s focus within the growing MEAP industry.

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